Bills 33 Browns 13
LeSean McCoy got many fantasy owners into the playoffs. On Sunday, he carried some into the fantasy Super Bowl. McCoy ripped the Browns pitiful rush defense for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (8.1 YPC).
Extra Points: The Browns have struggled to cover tight ends all season. Charles Clay exploited that weakness by catching all seven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown…Sammy Watkins had a good matchup against the Browns but he burned owners who started him. Watkins caught just one pass for 10 yards…The Browns did little on offense for the second straight week with Robert Griffin under center. Terrelle Pryor (4/19) has been a non-factor over the last two games. He only has five receptions for 22 yards since RG3 returned.
Texans 21 Jaguars 20
If you like offense, this wasn’t the game for you Sunday. Brock Osweiler mercifully got benched in favor for Tom Savage, while Blake Bortles finished with a whopping 92 yards passing.
Extra Points: One thing to take from this game is with Savage under center, DeAndre Hopkins was a part of the Texans offense again. Hopkins was targeted a team-high 17 times; catching eight balls for 87 yards…Lamar Miller didn’t run for a lot of yards (63) but he did score a touchdown…Allen Robinson’s miserable season is almost over. Robinson put up another stinker, catching just two passes for 15 yards.
Titans 19 Chiefs 17
If you were smart enough to start Derrick Henry in your fantasy semifinals, he rewarded you. Henry only got nine carries on Sunday but he made them count. He ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Extra Points: Many more owners started DeMarco Murray. While Murray ran for 89 and caught five balls for 52 yards, the two short score vulture by Henry are tough for his owners to swallow…Rishard Matthews only caught 4-of-10 targets but it was enough for him to go over 100 yards (105) on the day…Tyreek Hill only touched the ball once. It was a big one. Hill scored on a 68-yard run…Jeremy Maclin had his best game since Week 4. Maclin caught 6-of-8 targets for 82 yards.
Colts 34 Vikings 6
Andrew Luck had a tough matchup on paper but the Vikings defense never showed up Sunday. Luck threw for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Extra Points: Frank Gore ran for 101 yards on 26 carries but it was a mixed bag for Gore owners. Robert Turbin stole two touchdowns, ruining a potentially huge fantasy day for Gore…Luck spread the ball around on Sunday. No Colts receiver went over 50 yards or caught more than four passes…Adrian Peterson returned to the lineup. He made a minimal impact. Peterson carried the ball six times for 22 yards (3.7 YPC) and also lost a fumble.
Steelers 24 Bengals 20
Le’Veon Bell put up 50 fantasy points last week. He didn’t have that kind of game against the Bengals but Bell still gained 131 total yards on 28 touches. He was held of the end zone, however.
Extra Points: Antonio Brown let his owners down at the worst possible time. Brown caught 3-of-5 targets for 58 yards…A.J. Green could be back next week. Brandon LaFell was the Bengals leading receiver on Sunday. He caught 7-of-9 targets for 91 yards…Tyler Eifert was a non-factor against the Steelers. Eifert was held to just one catch for nine yards.
Ravens 27 Eagles 26
What looked like a defensive game on paper produced 53 points. The Ravens came in with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked rush defense but Ryan Mathews ran over them for 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (6.4 YPC).
Extra Points: Zach Ertz caught 6-of-8 targets for 80 yards. Ertz now has 25 receptions on 36 targets over his last three games…Kenneth Dixon was a popular start after his big game last week but the Ravens once again used a split backfield. Dixon ran the ball nine times for 36 yards and a score, while Terrance West saw 13 carries for 77 yards.
Packers 30 Bears 27
Aaron Rodgers owners must be shaking their heads. The Packers scored 30 points and Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown pass. It was Ty Montgomery who did most of the heavy lifting Sunday. Montgomery ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (10.1 YPC).
Extra Points: Jordy Nelson had a big day catching 7-of-10 targets for 124 yards. The same can’t be said for Davante Adams. Adams was held to just two receptions for 25 yards. He also dropped an easy touchdown…The Bears produced two 100-yard receivers Sunday in Cameron Meredith (9/104) and Deonte Thompson (8/110). The problem is it didn’t help owners much because neither receiver was highly started during fantasy playoffs. Although, Meredith does have at least 67 yards receiving in three straight games…Jordan Howard is putting a cherry on top of a stellar rookie season. He ran the ball 17 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Howard also caught four passes for 23 yards.
Giants 17 Lions 6
The Giants offense once again did just enough as New York’s defense dominated for the second week in a row. Odell Beckham Jr. caught six balls for 64 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.
Extra Points: Eli Manning didn’t have a big fantasy day but he topped 200 yards (201) for the first time in four weeks. Manning also threw two touchdown passes…Paul Perkins ran the ball 11 times for 56 yards (5.1 YPC). Perkins was much more effective than Rashad Jennings (18 carries 38 yards). He should get more touches next week…Golden Tate was the only Lion who made a fantasy splash on Sunday. He caught 8-of-13 targets for 122 yards.
Saints 48 Cardinals 41
Drew Brees sunk owners last week but for those who survived into the semifinals, Brees certainly made it up to you. Brees threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Extra Points: Brees wasn’t the only big fantasy star to come out of this game. Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns…Willie Snead and Michael Thomas combined for 21 targets, 15 receptions, 158 yards and a score…David Johnson went over 100 total yards and scored twice…J.J. Nelson was a popular streamer this week. He delivered catching five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Falcons 41 49ers 13
The Falcons were the gift that kept on giving to fantasy owners. Devonta Freeman led the way with 139 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries (6.9 YPC).
Extra Points: Matt Ryan did anything he wanted to do against the 49ers overmatched secondary. Ryan threw for 286 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions…With Julio Jones out, Aldrick Robinson Taylor Gabriel picked up the slack. Robinson caught four balls for 111 yards, while Gabriel hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown…One week after rolling over the Jets for 193 yards, Carlos Hyde gained 71 yards on just 13 carries.
Patriots 16 Broncos 3
Tom Brady was expected to have a tough day against a Broncos defense that allows the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. It was even uglier than expected. Brady threw for 188 yards and no touchdowns in a game that featured very little offense.
Extra Points: The Patriots relied on the ground game versus the Broncos. Dion Lewis ran 18 times for 95 yards (5.3 YPC). LeGarrette Blount saw 17 carries and scored but he was held to just 31 yards (1.8 YPC)…The Broncos offense was stymied all day. The only Denver player who made much of a fantasy impact was Demaryius Thomas. Thomas caught 7-of-11 targets for 91 yards.
Raiders 19 Chargers 16
This game looked like it could potentially produce a lot of fantasy stars. Instead it was a fantasy dud. Derek Carr threw for 213 yards with a touchdown and interception but it’s not what fantasy owners were hoping for out of him this week.
Extra Points: For the second year in a row, Amari Cooper disappeared late in the season against the Chargers. Cooper caught just one pass for 28 yards…Latavius Murray ran for 81 yards on 13 carries. His day could have been bigger though. Murray was stopped inside the 5-yard line three times by the Chargers defense…Kenneth Farrow started for the injured Melvin Gordon. He ended up being a fantasy disaster. Farrow ran the ball 15 times for just 39 yards (2.6 YPC).
Cowboys 26 Buccaneers 20
One week after getting shut down by the Giants, the Cowboys offense got back on track Sunday night against Tampa Bay. Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 159 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (6.9 YPC).
Extra Points: Dak Prescott rebounded from his worst game as a pro. Prescott completed 32-of-36 passes for 279 yards. He didn’t throw for a touchdown but rushed for one…Dez Bryant also had a bounce back game. Bryant caught 8-of-10 targets for 82 yards…Cameron Brate scored his seventh touchdown of the season. He finished with five receptions for 73 yards and a score…Mike Evans had a rare down game at the worst possible time for his owners. Evans was held to just four receptions for 59 yards.